Tony Smith (age 21) was a NA boxer with a record of 32 wins, 14 losses, 2 draws. Starting his career on March 1958 at age 21, Tony Smith fought 48 times over 6 years as a pro. He started his best winning streak on March 1958 however, this came to an end on September 1959. In this period he won a total of 15 fights.
In a great debut, Smith took on Tommy Saxon in a 4 round fight, becoming the 2nd person to stop Saxon in his 3 fight career to date. Smith continued his mostly successful career with numerous fights following his debut against boxers including Don Martin, Albert Carroll and Johnny Van rensburg. Fights included fighting 8 times in 1958 and 6 times in 1960.
The first defeat of Smith's career came against Fred Tiedt on October 3rd, 1959. This took his career record to 15-1-0. Smith's technical boxing ability was put to the test as he got outpointed in the 8 round fight against the better man. Tiedt gave Smith his first professional loss of his 16 fight career to date. Smith then went on to win a further 5 fights taking his record to 20 wins, 1 losses and 0 draws.
Smith's career took a knock with a loss against Larry Baker on March 24th, 1960 taking his record to 20-2-0. Being outclassed early, Smith struggled to get going in this 10 round fight and received the first stoppage defeat of his career at the hands of Baker. The fight went 2 rounds before ending via a KO defeat. Smith's win streak of 20 rose to 26 following 6 wins against boxers such as Jannie Botes, Albert Carroll, Gale Kerwin and 3 others.
Smith's next defeat of his career came against Luis Folledo on May 8th, 1961 taking his career record to 26-4-0. Smith failed to go into the later rounds with Folledo, with Folledo stopping him in the 3rd round and becoming the 2nd person to stop Smith. Taking his record to 27-4-0. Smith then went on to win his next fight against Johnny Kramer.
Taking a knock to his career, Smith fought and was defeated by Fortunato Manca on December 22nd, 1961 taking his record to 27-5-0. Smith was stopped by Fortunato Manca in the 9th round of a 10 round fight via TKO. It was Smith's 3rd stoppage defeat in his career.
Pushing his career further, Smith fought Johnny Cooke on November 26th, 1964 adding to his winning record. In 1964 Smith fought his next opponent in Johnny Cooke. A challenging 8 round fight that ended in Smith's favour as the judges awarded Smith the PTS victory. Smith was the 11th person to defeat Cooke.
Smith's next defeat of his career came against Johnny Cooke on January 28th, 1965. Cooke proved too much for Smith over 10 rounds by earning the decision win and bringing Smith's 48 fight career as a pro to an end.